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President Santos announces the signature of decrees to relieve the situation of Colombians in the border with Venezuela

• “Today we will be signing a decree that will allow the outflow of backed-up coal through the Caribbean, which jeopardizes over seven thousand jobs”, he said.

“Yesterday evening we set up a unified command post at Paraguachón as the one we have in Cúcuta to provide assistance to our fellow citizens who return through that zone”, he added.

Bogotá, September 9, 2015 (SIG).

President Juan Manuel Santos announced that this Wednesday several decrees will be signed, aimed at alleviating the situation of the Colombians who live in the border zone with Venezuela.

“I have asked the Minister of Finance, within the framework of the Economic Emergency we have decreed for the border zone, to issue a decree exempting certain essential products from the VAT for consumption in Cúcuta, in its metropolitan area, and in Maicao”, the President explained.

“Today we will sign a decree that will allow the outflow of backed-up coal through the Caribbean, which jeopardizes over seven thousand jobs”, he added.

In light of the new border closing along the State of Zulia in Venezuela, President Santos said that measures are already being taken on the crossing point at Paraguachón in La Guajira.

“Yesterday evening we set up a unified command post at Paraguachón as the one we have in Cúcuta to provide assistance to our fellow citizens who return through that zone”, he stated.

The President said to the Colombians of that region that “I want to tell our fellow Wayúu citizens, the people of La Guajira, the inhabitants of Norte de Santander, Cesar, Arauca, Vichada, Guainía, not to be attracted by false promises whose only goal is to obtain political dividends”.

“Colombia is your country. Colombia is your fatherland. You have been, and will always be welcome here. Today, more than ever, we are with you, fellow citizens, and we commit ourselves to defend you, to protect you, to make your rights be respected wherever they are violated, in our soil or outside of it”, he reiterated.

President Santos made these announcements at the end of a meeting held at the Casa de Nariño, where analyses were made of the country’s progress and challenges on human rights issues, on occasion of the celebration this Wednesday of the National Human Rights Day in Colombia.